What do we believe in and what is our mission?
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
- We believe in the One God and Father, Creator of heaven and earth, Who is Spirit, Eternal, and inseparable, Almighty, Omnipresent, and Omniscient. He is holy, righteous, loving, true and faithful, and worship alone belongs to Him.
- We believe that God exists in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are equally worthy of worship, and that these three are one.
- We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Perfect God and the Perfect Man, the only Savior of sinners. He was crucified for us, died, was buried, rose on the third day according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and He who will return with glory to judge the living and the dead on the last day.
- We believe that man is justified before God only by grace through a living faith in Jesus Christ that works with love.
- We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which is a different experience from the new birth and is the beginning for the manifestation of spiritual gifts and ministries.
- We believe that the Church of Christ consists of true newborns, repentant believers who profess Christ, and that the Head of the Church is Christ Himself.
- We believe that the sacraments of Christ’s church are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
- We believe that the Bible is the God-inspired revelation of God’s will to men and is the perfect rule for faith and a godly life. We assume that the Old Testament contains 39 books, and the New – 27 books or a total of 66 books that are recognized as canonical.
The village of Tsenovo is about 50 km from Ruse. In the first years after the changes in the village, several people were reached by God’s word and gave their lives to Christ. Due to the remoteness of the village from Ruse, they could not travel there often and we started visiting them. Gradually, others believed. Thus arose the need to establish a church in the village. We started worship services first in the community center, where many people gathered. Then we rented various public spaces until the church got a separate building. We often visit our friends in Tsenovo, pray together, praise God and communicate. When we have the opportunity, we support them materially. We look for poor families and bring them gifts.
As throughout the country, in Tsenovo and Kubrat, depopulation severely affects local communities. Young people move to larger cities or emigrate abroad. Many older people are left alone and are in dire need of help. The church tries to be useful to them by encouraging and supporting them to the best of its ability. Any help in this area is very valuable to us and would be greatly appreciated.
Kubrat is a small town 55 km from Ruse, in the heart of an area once known for its large forests, among fertile fields and orchards. There has been a small evangelical community here for several years called the Church of the Nazarene. In agreement with the church of the same name in Razgrad, we took the initiative to take care of this community. Every Sunday our deacon and preacher Ventsislav Dimitrov goes there. He delights believers with his music and singing, as well as delivering sermons. We have supported some projects for the repair and improvement of the church building. We regularly share with our brothers and sisters from Kubrat our material goods, we support poor families, we prepare gifts for children from large families, the sick and lonely.
The village of Brashlen is about 40 km east of Ruse. In the past it was rich and crowded, its location near the Danube, in a fertile and well-irrigated plain, contributed to the well-being of the inhabitants. There is not much left of that today. There are several families and individuals in the village who are believers. Due to age and infirmity, they cannot travel to Ruse to have communion with the church. We are in touch with them, we support them spiritually, we support them materially. We plan to start regular gatherings in the village, with preachers and musicians traveling there. Let us remember this need and intercede before God for the people who are in loneliness and isolation from other believers – both in this village and in many other places around Ruse and in the country.